Mavericks at Trail Blazers - 11/6/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (3-1) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers play Thursday night at the Moda Center.
The Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games and are getting the job done with the league’s best offense. The Mavs are averaging 111.8 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.1 percent shooting from deep. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 20.8 points and Chandler Parsons is averaging 18.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting from downtown. With Monta Ellis continuing to be the main offensive spark for Dallas with 47.6 percent shooting, the Mavericks have some lethal offensive firepower and a punchers chance to win each night. The Dallas Mavericks have won 11 of their last 18 regular season games when scoring at least 100 points. Defensively, the Mavericks are allowing 105 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field.
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The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a Tuesday win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to improve to 2-2 on the season. Right now, the Trail Blazers are getting the job done on the defensive side, as they’re allowing 92.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting from the field. With all the offensive weapons this team has, the Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last nine games when allowing less than 100 points. Oddly enough, the Trail Blazers have struggled out of the gate offensively, as they’re shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from deep. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.8 points and six rebounds, while Wesley Matthews is the second-leading scorer with 19.3 points. However, Portland fans shouldn’t be panicking just yet because it’s really only a matter of time before Damian Lillard and others get going.
The Mavericks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 52-20 ATS in their last 72 road games. The Trail Blazers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Mavericks are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Portland and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Both teams have scoring potential through the roof, but the difference so far has been that the Trail Blazers are capable of playing high level defense, while the Mavs just look to outscore you. Winning in Portland is never easy, so I'm rolling with the Trail Blazers to get the job done and cover the small chalk.